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NETGEAR Releases RangeMax Family

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Published: 2005-03-07

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NETGEAR announced the availability of its RangeMax family of wireless networking products.

Based on Video54's patent-pending BeamFlex technology, NETGEAR's RangeMax Wireless router (WPN824) uses advanced Smart MIMO technology to eliminate dead spots and take consumers farther than they've gone wirelessly before. Its distinctive design, complete with blue LED's that light-up to reflect changing wireless conditions, offers a unique style to complement the home.

Combining the benefits of MIMO with the BeamFlex smart antenna technology pioneered by Video54, the RangeMax Wireless Router is the first in the industry to employ an intelligent array of seven internal antennas that constantly and dynamically surveys the network environment for wireless interference and physical barriers. The router selects from among 127 possible antenna combinations on-the-fly to deliver the fastest connection and longest ranges between the router and clients. Recent tests conducted by VeriTest Labs, the testing division of Lionbridge, reported that in an environment designed to replicate real world usage, the NETGEAR RangeMax Router delivered approximately 45 percent more range and up to 20 percent more speed than the competing MIMO product offerings tested.

While the RangeMax Wireless Router is optimized for use with the RangeMax Wireless PC Card (WPN511), RangeMax Wireless PCI Adapter (WPN311), and RangeMax Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter (WPN111) to deliver up to 10 times the coverage and speed of standard 802.11g-based solutions, it is fully compatible with existing 802.11b/g and SuperG products, and provides performance increases of up to 50 percent for existing 802.11g clients including notebook computers with integrated wireless networking capabilities and Intel Centrino- based systems.

"Our RangeMax product family utilizes an intelligent antenna overlay technology that enables our router to deliver superior coverage, speed and adaptability to changing wireless environments. It seamlessly integrates into existing 802.11b/g environments to provide the reliable, high-performance network infrastructure required to support an expanding array of networked consumer devices," explained Vivek Pathela, NETGEAR Senior Director of Product Marketing -- Consumer Products. "The RangeMax Wireless Router is the ideal solution for bandwidth-intensive consumer applications because it is uniquely able to dynamically optimize network connections by adapting on-the-fly to changes in the RF (Radio Frequency) environment -- such as interference introduced to the environment by turning on a microwave oven or using a 2.4GHz cordless phone."

"We're seeing great enthusiasm and anticipation in the market for the release of the NETGEAR RangeMax product family which will be the first to implement our innovative BeamFlex technology," stated Selina Lo, CEO of Video54. "Together with NETGEAR, we're able to deliver a best-in-class, standards-based MIMO implementation that not only outperforms similar products in an 802.11 network but is far more affordable. More importantly, by implementing MIMO techniques on a standards-compliant platform, RangeMax brings the performance enhancing benefits of MIMO technology to existing wireless infrastructures and enhances the speeds and range of installed 802.11b/g devices and clients."

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